Painted in Acrylics. Repeat after me: They are not all masterpieces. Experimenting is practice. Stretching is scary. Showing the bad ones is daunting. I don’t really care for the painting and may wind up collaging over it. However, it was an interesting day and definitely added to my painting knowledge
Starting with the Big Brush, thinking I was going to work on an abstract for the December/January monthly challenge on Paint My Photo. Using Linda Anderson’s Gold Finch photo that can be found here. That’s how it started anyway. I even had a small value sketch to work from.
Here’s today’s cast of characters:
Big Brush is marked Harrison’s pure bristle XL Master Fitch 1 1/2
Flat Brush is marked Signet by Robert Simmons 40 F NYC
Round is marked Sienna Robert Simmons SN85 Round
Small Brush is marked Escoda Reserva Kolinsky Tajmyr
What I learned today…..
Big brushes need big piles of spread out paint. Otherwise you wind up with them all mingled together! Perhaps if I had gone to art school I would have learned this simple, but important lesson!. Some brown, yellow and white. That big stiff brush made some interesting marks as it drug the paint across the paper. NOTE TO SELF – Try that big brush with a puddle of watercolor.
After the background dried, I thought I was adding the suggestion of dried coneflowers using the small round. They felt like blobs, so I hit them with the flat brush. Already not enjoying this. The bird was supposed to be an abstract shape but just turned back into a strange bird..
A few more squiggles with the small brush and I was already down the rabbit hole of not liking what was coming out. So I added some Schmincke gold powder thinking a bit of bling would help. Yeah, I think they are some sayings about that sow’s ears and silk purses that might be applicable here.
Because I had paint left on the palette, I pulled some semi-used Yupo paper and experimented a bit more. Who knows. Might use that piece as the basis for an abstract. Stay tuned.
Starting Inventory 150
Remaining Brushes to use: 143
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